October 21st, 1939
UNITED KINGDOM: Competitive soccer returns with a regional competition. The country is divided into 8 regions. The normal rules apply, but the plan does not include win/draw bonuses for players. Professionals in England will receive no more than 30 shillings for each match, paid to 11 men and one reserve.
The first day of the regional football leagues opens with many more goals as the players enjoy the games. The number of spectators is disappointing at only 170,000 throughout the country.
The Gloster factory begins production of the Hawker Hurricane, as part of the sub-contracting of the RAFs major fighter aircraft. (22)
NETHERLANDS: Submarine HNLMS O-21 launched. (Dave Shirlaw)
NORWAY: U.S. freighter SS City of Flint, under prize crew from German armoured ship Deutschland, puts in to Tromsø¸ for water. The Norwegian government, however, orders the ship to leave and she sails for Soviet waters. (Jack McKillop)
FINLAND: The Finnish negotiator Juho Paasikivi, accompanied by Finance Minister Väinö Tanner, return to Moscow. (Mikko Härmeinen)
GIBRALTAR: U.S. freighter SS Meanticut is detained by British authorities and ordered to proceed to Oran, Algeria, to discharge certain cargo earmarked for delivery to Italy. (Jack McKillop)
CANADA: Ammunition lighter HMC NAD 01 ordered from Halifax Shipyards. Completed, 21 Mar 40 renamed HMC HC 82, lost 18 Jul 45 Bedford Basin explosion. (Dave Shirlaw)
U-15 sank SS Orsa.
U-19 sank SS Capitaine Edmond Laborie and SS Deodata. (Dave Shirlaw)
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